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Walrus (SS-437)

Radio Call Sign: November - Xray - Xray - Bravo

Tench Class Submarine: Laid down, at Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT.; 21 June 1945; Launched 20 September 1946; Accepted by the US Navy, 2 October 1946; Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at New London, CT.; Struck from the Naval Register Struck from the Naval Register, 9 June 1958; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 7 October 1959 to Marlene Blouse Co., NYC for $ 13,600.00 & scrapped in Kearny, NJ.
Partial data submitted by Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.) & Yves Hubert.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,980-2,000 t., Submerged: 2,415 t.; Length 311' 8"; Beam 27' 3"; Draft 15' 3"; Speed, Surfaced 20.25 kts, Submerged 8.75 kts; Cruising Range, 11,000 miles surfaced at 10kts; Submerged Endurance, 48 hours at 2kts; Operating Depth, 400 ft; Complement 76; Armament, ten 21" torpedo tubes, six forward, four aft, one 5"/25 deck gun, two single 20mm guns; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Fuel Capacity, 118,510 gals.; Propulsion, diesel-electric reduction gear with four main generator engines., two main motors with 5,400 shp, two 126-cell main storage batteries, two propellers.
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Walrus 1.99k Keel laying of the Walrus (SS-437), 21 June 1945.Electric Boat / USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Walrus 18k Commemorative post marking the keel laying of the Walrus (SS-437), 21 June 1945. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Unicorn 2.94k Unicorn (SS-436) on the building ways, topside looking aft at time of cancellation on 16 January 1946. The boat on the right is the Walrus (SS-437); on the left is the Corsair (SS-435). Electric Boat / USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Walrus 3.78k Walrus (SS-437), (on right) topside looking aft. Unicorn (SS-436) in center & Corsair (SS-435) on left, 16 January 1946. Electric Boat / USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Walrus 59k View of the maneuvering room of the Walrus (SS-437) looking forward, 16 January 1946. Courtesy of the Electric Boat Corp. & John Hummel.
Walrus 39k View of the aft battery compartment of the Walrus (SS-437), looking aft, 16 January 1946. Courtesy of the Electric Boat Corp. & John Hummel.
Walrus 75k Stern view of the Walrus (SS-437), port side, 16 January 1946. Courtesy of the Electric Boat Corp. & John Hummel.
Walrus 50k View of the forward battery compartment of the Walrus (SS-437) looking forward, 16 January 1946. Courtesy of the Electric Boat Corp. & John Hummel.
Walrus 2.34k The Walrus (SS-437) was sponsored by Mrs. Winifred Nagle on 20 September 1946.Electric Boat / USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Walrus 2.12k Christening of the Walrus (SS-437) by Mrs. Winifred Nagle on 20 September 1946.Electric Boat / USN photo courtesy of Wendy S. Gulley, Archivist, Submarine Force Museum, Naval Submarine Base NLON, Groton, CT.
Walrus 17k Commemorative post marking the launching of the Walrus (SS-437), 20 September 1946. Courtesy of petloveshack.com.
Walrus 683k The incomplete Walrus (SS-437) slides down the ways at Electric Boat Co., Groton, CT. 20 September 1946. She illustrates a typical U.S. submarine hull form: double hull amidships and single hull at the ends. The free-flooding superstructure was not fitted. The structure amidships was a trunk leading up to the conning tower (which was not fitted). Walrus was never completed. USN Archives photo # 19-N-96508 courtesy of Ric Hedman.
Text courtesy of The Floating Drydock, "Fleet Subs of WW II", by Thomas F. Walkowiak.
Photo added 02/12/17.

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